Enjoying writing functional specs for MOSS 2007

May 25, 2007

I am currently working as a program manager on couple of MOSS 2007 collaboration portals and it has been very good. The power which MOSS brings into your applications through out of the box features is very rich. Remember, this is a non techies view, so please feel free to correct me.

The other aspect to this, if you look at it from the angle of user experience and providing a rich user interface, MOSS portals can be totally customized with your HTML and hence people might not even be able to figure out that it is built on MOSS. We did some very good customization on the MOSS portals that we built by providing a very rich and interactive user interface and at the same harnessed the power of MOSS in the backend.

The following are some of the collaboration features that I found really helpful which are available out of the box.

  • Blogs
  • Surveys
  • Wikis
  • Announcements
  • Events

One painful thing which I found was that MOSS does not support AJAX completely (at least this is what I heard from the dev team) and this is a barrier. But I am hoping that they will soon provide this support as AJAX is something we have all got used to in this Web 2.0 world.

The other thing which I would love to see in MOSS would be support for Silverlight. Think about the user experience in Silverlight and the power of MOSS in the backend.

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